GoldieBlox – Engineering Toys for Girls {Giveaway}

Our six-year-old daughter’s love for dress-up play and fairy tails transcends the exploding tulle, glitter and pink.  She is a story-teller, a creator, an innovator, and sometimes, a pretend-princess – tempered with a whole lot of other magnificence.


That said, the dichotomization of most toy isles drives me absolutely batty.

Pink/blue.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Passive/active.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Us/them.


Debbie Sterling, an engineer, was troubled by the massive gender gap in science and technology and made it her mission to introduce young girls to engineering – a field in which a mere 14% are women.  Along with her GoldieBlox co-founder Lindsay, the typical toy-isle trajectory is being revolutionized with their award-winning building toys that cultivate basic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

GoldieBlox toys have been an amazing match for my smart second grader.  LP devours the story books that accompany the building toys, in which the main character Goldie problem solves by building machines.  LP has been working diligently to perfect the dunking mechanism to dunk her toy-dog named Nacho when she plays with GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank. With talk of axles, targets and the movement of hinges, she marvels in her dunckarific success.  And when she builds all sorts of transportation toys with her GoldieBlox and the Parade Float she works on spatial skills, engineering principles and confidence in her problem-solving.


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With a mission to inspire the next generation of innovators, and help girls think beyond the pink toy isle – GoldieBlox is absolutely a brand that we stand behind.

Win it! We are excited to giveaway GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank and GoldieBlox and the Parade Float to one lucky winner. To enter, simply visit GoldieBlox and leave a relevant comment below. For an extra entry, follow along with us on Facebook by liking our page (leave a separate comment when participating in this entry option).  A randomly-selected winner will be announced below in one week. Good luck!

UPDATE: congrats to winner Karen D!

This post is sponsored by GoldieBlox via The Motherhood.  Opinions, as always are my own.


Britax Affinity Stroller Giveaway

We recently met with our friends at Britax and they have an incredible Affinity Free Ride Event coming up!  From September 20-28, 2014, receive a FREE Britax B-Safe infant car seat($179.99) or Affinity Bassinet ($199.99) with the purchase of an  Affinity stroller ($699.99) (at participating U.S. retailers).

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To celebrate we are sharing details on the Britax Affinity Stroller and have one to giveaway!

This sleek stroller offers 18 beautiful fabric and frame color combinations for a customized look.  Each of the six versatile color packs includes a canopy, shoulder and buckle pads, basket liner and machine-washable padded seat liner. The streamlined frame is available in black, silver and white.  We like the fact that the fabric can be interchanged and the functional details including a forward- and rear-facing seat, rain and sun covers, compact fold, adjustable suspension system and leg rest.   Accessories like the Cozy Toes insulated shell, available in the full spectrum of Affinity colors, are designed to keep baby warm and dry. The seat’s four recline positions and five-point harness allow baby to ride comfortably and safely from birth using the Affinity Bassinet or an infant car seat – and in the stroller seat at six months – up to 55 pounds.

The Click & Go system makes it easy to adapt the Affinity stroller to changing needs, including installing a bassinet, an infant car seat, or switching the direction of the stroller seat – without purchasing additional adapters.  The under-seat storage basket, oversized canopy with ventilation window, air-filled tires and articulating handle with leatherette trim complement the thoughtful engineering with details to simplify every lifestyle.

WIN IT:  Enter to win a Britax Affinity Stroller ($699.99 value) via the rafflecopter below.  Winner selects fabric and frame color.  This contest is open to U.S. only, and a winner will be announced on the widget below.  Please note that all entries are verified.  Best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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Six-Year-Old Dressing and a Smokks {Giveaway}

Yesterday, my six-year-old dressed herself in a mermaid costume, adorned with a handmade rainbow-loom chest strap.  As she wrapped herself in a long line of tiny, multicolor rubber bands she proudly explained the chest-strap’s purpose.  “It’s for my watering can!”, she declared, as she fashioned her creation to attach said watering can to her body at the beach.

A resourceful girl indeed.

I adore her highly creative spirit and believe that she should celebrate childhood through her interesting forms of self-expression whenever possible.  Like previous summers, she is going through a bit of an adjustment period as I’ve organized school appropriate clothing options for her return to the classroom this week.

That’s why I was happy to introduce her to Smokks, a line of incredible stylish and easy to coordinate clothes for girls, ages 4 – 9, and their mamas.  Their dresses reflect a modern take on the lovely smock dress, created from gorgeous and comfortable Liberty print patterns.  Free of buttons, zippers and things that constrict, Smokks offers a simple solution for year-round dressing.

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My little-big-girl  loves the feel of the material and the deep pockets for collecting treasures.  We’ve been bringing her Winnie dress in Jack and Charlie Liberty print along to the beach for dinners by the sea.  I happen to love the delicate neckline and the ease of dressing for those rushed school mornings.  And when the autumn briskness sets in –  the layering possibilities are endless.

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Mother and daughter approved!

Win It: View the complete collection to see how a year-round wardrobe can be built on the Smokks system alone and enter to win a dress of choice (print based on availability) via the below rafflecopter.  U.S. only please and a winner will be displayed on the widget next week.  Good luck and thanks for visiting!

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School Uniforms by French Toast {Giveaway} || Sunday Swoon

With the start of school rapidly approaching it seems fitting to share a great giveaway for the uniform-clad set.  I recently met with French Toast, a well-established uniform brand known for their affordability and exceptional quality, at a fun back-to-school event hosted by Momtrends.

My little big girl joined in the event’s back-to-school fashion show and was smitten to be outfitted in a French Toast jumper, which she immediately declared her Matilda costume. With rhinestone buttons, grosgrain ribbon, sweet peter pan collars and stylish embellishments – French Toast pairs special details with uniform appropriateness.

The boys’ collection includes durable pieces with reinforced knees – and all products are designed to prevent ripping and tearing.

With sizes ranging from 2T through 20 – French Toast meets the uniform needs of all students.  Can you believe that a year’s worth of school uniforms can be purchased for $125?

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WIN IT:  Enter to win a year’s worth of School Uniforms ($125 credit) from French Toast via the rafflecopter below.  The winner will be selected in one week and displayed on the widget.  All entries are verified and the giveaway is open to U.S. only.  Good Luck!
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Flip The Script With Target Pharmacy {Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are my own.

We have been thankful for pretty great health around here for quite some time and even managed to avoid the illnesses that fervently spread among friends.  When my kiddos do fall ill, and an antibiotic is prescribed – I want the pediatrician to assure me that the medication is absolutely necessary.  And I want my pharmacist to understand that I prefer to avoid administering pink-dye to my sick child.

When I was invited to work with Target Pharmacy a few months ago, the structural convenience and rewards won me over.  So did the fact that Target Pharmacy can provide my children with dye free, gluten free, casein free and non-allergenic medicine in a choice of nineteen (yes, nineteen!!) flavors.

If you happen to find yourself in Target, a lot, like I do – utilizing Target Pharmacy makes a lot of sense.  And the  Target Pharmacy Rewards are an added bonus.  Target Pharmacy makes it straightforward and simple to Flip the Script.


Moving an existing prescription to Target Pharmacy can be done in any of the following ways:

  • Ask a Pharmacist while visiting a Target location
  • TEXT RX to 027438 (TARGET)
  • Call 877-796-2743
  • Visit

Target Pharmacy accepts most insurance carriers and you simply need to provide the below info to complete the transfer to Target Pharmacy:

  • Name of your current pharmacy
  • Phone number of your current pharmacy
  • Prescription number

Win It! Target is offering one lucky MB reader a $50 Target Gift Card.  To enter, visit the rafflecopter below.  This giveaway is open to US only and the verified winner will be announced on the below widget in one week.  Good luck!

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Family Movie Night with MARS Ice Cream {Giveaway}

I try my best to not make promises to the kids that can’t be fulfilled because there is so much childhood hope in meeting your new friend at the beach – in the exact spot that you played in the previous weekend.  And at four and six-years-old, every summer day brings dreams of running in the ocean, basking in sprinkler parks, creating art with exploding glitter everywhere (everywhere!) or venturing to favorite museums.

Sometimes, things get in the way and disappointment abounds.  And although I want my kids to be resilient and understand that life will never always give them what they want – It was fun to remedy a downward spiral of despair with something that I’ve been hoarding in my freezer for a special day:


The glorious, real deal kind of ice cream, oozing with the “good stuff” like caramel, rich chocolate and M&Ms.

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In a perfect world, I would be an avid ice-cream consumer – but since that’s not in my cards, when I do indulge, I want it to be amazingly awesome.  Thanks to MARS, we had every possible kind of magnificent ice cream for our recent rainy family movie night.

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My plan to chop up the splendid selections into a delectable smörgåsbord didn’t go over so well.  Instead, my crew chose to inhale an entire bar, sandwich or cone of choice.

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It was so much better than standard movie night popcorn.


And everyone was happy. Even Mary Poppins.


WIN IT! I’m excited to give away 5 boxes of  ice cream! One winner, U.S only, will win five full value coupons for Mars Ice Cream products.  To enter, simply leave a comment below telling my something ice-creamy.  A winner will be selected at random in one week and announced below.

This post is sponsored by Mars Ice Cream via One2One Network.  Opinions, as always, are my own.